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By Jeff Miers » Sunday, February 7, 2016

So you bought that Adele album, hoping you’d satisfy your need for powerful, soulful femininity in song, just as millions of others did. You listened to it a lot at first, but gradually, stopped. It has been a few weeks now. Can you remember any of the tunes, singles aside? If the answer is no, and you’ve found that... Read More

Saturday, February 6, 2016

JazzHerlin Riley, “New Direction,“ (Mack Avenue). One of the exquisite drummers from the Crescent City Jazz School that seemed to be run by the Marsalis family in New Orleans (including the standout Marsalisite drummer of them all Jeff “Tain” Watts), Riley has now graduated from Marsalis family service to lead his... Read More

Thursday, February 4, 2016

POP MUSIC“Now That’s What I Call Music 57” (Universal/ Sony). These “Now That’s What I Call Music” anthologies of current hits are usually revealing disc anthologies collecting all the hottest sellers in a particular time. Few, if any, of us have heard all 57 discs in the series but I must say that in the 20... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Sunday, January 31, 2016

JAZZ Stacey Kent, “Tenderly” (Okeh) Among the prouder acclaims of jazz as a music these days (and, in fact, since the age of radio) is its joyful protection of the “little” voice in a world of pop, rock and classical music devoted to making the voices and settings larger than they are (and, often enough,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jazz/New Music Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri, “The Bell” (ECM) One of the great jazz events of the past three decades in Buffalo was jazz saxophonist James Carter’s 1995 gig at the Calumet Cafe on Chippewa Street. Carter’s gig was such a hit that the club had to turn away a large spillover... Read More

Sunday, January 24, 2016

JAZZDr. Lonnie Smith, “Evolution” (Blue Note). Sadly, on all-too-cursory reading, the publicity people at Blue Note gave the the impression that Dr. Lonnie Smith – 73-year-old red-turbanned organ maestro – is a “native of Detroit” rather than the Lackawanna-born stalwart who... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Evolution" (Blue Note) Sadly, the publicity people at Blue Note are under the impression that Dr. Lonnie Smith -- 73-year old Red-Turbanned organ maestro--is a "native of Detroit" rather than the Lackawanna-born stalwart who developed his "foot-tapping grooves" and "sophisticated harmonic voicings" in... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Saturday, January 23, 2016

John Lunn, "Downton Abbey: The Ultimate Collection," featuring musical highlights from all six seasons (Carnival Master/Universal-2-discs) Now that "Downton Abbey" is out of business and the Dowager Countess of Grantham can no longer treat hungry and masochistic Americans on PBS to the weekly British joys of upper... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Sunday, January 17, 2016

The latest album from Drunk Uncle – er, I’m sorry, I meant Hank Williams Jr. – is the musical equivalent of a gratuitous open-carry display in a crowded Applebee’s. Set to the tune of every country and southern rock cliché available to modern man, “It’s About Time” (Big Machine) is filled with lyrical... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, January 13, 2016

JAZZ Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, “I Long To See You” (Blue Note) Welcome to 2016, where the jazz elevator has already gone to the top floor once. As if the new year didn’t bring enough mind-boggling news on record with David Bowie’s haunting final record “Blackstar” with jazz musicians Donny McCaslin... Read More

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